Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
October, 2017 - Mexico

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Wolf Creek Pass – Yikes!

Yesterday we traveled about 220 miles from south central Colorado to Cortez in the southwestern corner of the state.  It took us about 5 hours.

We had heard on the news that there had been some snow in the mountains on Thursday night, but reports were that it was just an inch or so and that there were no road problems.  We also knew we were going to have to travel through the Wolf Creek Pass at 10,800 feet.  There have been a few other times on this trip that we’ve traveled over or through mountains which made me nervous.  Those were nothing compared to yesterday!

I must say the road was great.  There were many semis, and it was definitely a road designed for large vehicles to use.  It was just so long, and we kept going up and up and up.  The views at the bottom were beautiful with the snow on the top and the aspens still in fall color further down.

P1000515 The truck performed like a champ again.  There was another stretch where our top speed was 30 MPH, but most semis were going just as slow.  As we neared the top, we were surrounded by snow.  The road was a bit wet in places, and I was concerned it could be slippery.  I was gripping the door handle so tight, my palms were sweating.  We made it across the top just fine, and then we headed down.  I don’t know which was worse, going up or coming down :)


About half way down we stopped at a pullout to let the brakes cool down.  I’m so thankful for Kevin’s driving skills.  There is no way I would attempt that drive.  He’s had enough of the mountains, though.  For the rest of this trip, we’re heading for flatter areas :)

Here’s a picture from the bottom.  Yikes, we just drove over that mountain!


There was a definite change in the terrain as we headed west.  Everything was much greener.  It didn’t seem as desert-like.  There were many ranches with cattle and horses grazing the land. 

We’re staying seven nights at the La Mesa RV Resort in Cortez, Colorado.  It’s another Passport America park, and it’s the nicest one we’ve encountered so far.  It’s older and small with only 38 RV sites.  But it’s clean and has full hook-up sites with 30 amp service and is conveniently located to many places we want to visit. We have a picnic table with a vinyl tablecloth and bench covers.  Sometimes, it’s the little things that make a place nice.  Also, the lady in the office was very helpful in pointing out places of interest and telling us how to get to them.  There is no wow factor, but since we’ll be gone most days, it’s a perfect place to stay while touring the area.

We’re paying the weekly rate which is $120 plus $11.30 tax.  We have an end site so are not looking at any other RVs.  They have wi-fi, but it only works near the office.  We have a strong enough signal to use our own internet connection.  The place is also peacefully quiet.   The last place we stayed was right off the highway and there was a train track on the other side of the campground.


View from our front door.








View out of our back window.







Here’s our site.







Wishing everyone a great weekend!

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!


  1. We used to drive into the Sierra's to go skiing at Lake Tahoe. This was in winter of course. On two occasions we had to pull over and sleep in the van.

    Of course we wern't pulling a fifth wheel!

    Glad your made it safely.

  2. Your header picture is outstanding! I can't say that driving those mountain passes is my favorite thing to do either. :)

  3. You're in a better area then we are. Nice big site for you. Just wanted to let you know I'm still following you guys.

  4. All those views of the mountains with the snow, with the fall colors must just take your breath away!

  5. Beautiful scenery! Kevin has no problem going up mountain passes, but he has to admit he is not as keen going down them, but he has no problem. His attitude is to just take your time.

    Kevin and Ruth


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